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The Best Quotes from Our Favorite Batman Characters

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Katisha Smith

Staff Writer

Katisha is a former military brat who studied engineering because she couldn’t hack it as a writer. You can find her on the internets talking books, movies, pop culture, beauty or whatever is floating her boat at the moment.

For almost 80 years, Batman has been delighting superhero fans around the world who enjoy a little darkness in their comics, TV shows, and movies. If you are ready to take your Caped Crusader fandom to the next level, how about integrating some memorable quotes from the awesome adventures of Batman and his formidable foes and frenemies? Today, we are sharing a few of our favorite Batman quotes that are guaranteed to “Bruce” up your life.


when you know the LEGO Batman movie is the best Batman movie because the jokes never end:

“Hold on a sec. Are you trying to tell me that Bruce Wayne is Batman…’s roommate?” —Joker, The LEGO Batman Movie


“What am I gonna do? Get a bunch of criminals together to fight the criminals? That’s a stupid idea.” —Batman, The LEGO Batman Movie


“If you call me Batgirl, can I call you Batboy?” —Batgirl, The LEGO Batman Movie

“Woo-hoo! A month ago. I had no dads. Then I had one dad. Now I have two dads, and one of them is Batman!” —Robin, The LEGO Batman Movie


when you really come for Alfred and his words of wisdom and occasional shade:

“Death and chance stole your parents. But rather than become a victim, you have done everything in your power to control the fates. For what is Batman if not an effort to master the chaos that sweeps our world? An attempt to control death, itself?” —Alfred Pennyworth, Batman and Robin


“There is no defeat in death, Master Bruce. Victory comes in defending what we know is right while we still live.” —Alfred Pennyworth, Batman and Robin


“I hope the next generation of Waynes won’t inherit an empty wine cellar. Not that there’s likely to be a next generation.” —Alfred Pennyworth, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


“Some men aren’t looking for anything logical like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” —Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight


“Broken wings mend in time. One day Robin will fly again. I promise.” —Alfred Pennyworth, Batman Forever


When you actually have to agree with the villain (just this one time) because they just dropped a knowledge bomb:

“Show a man what he expects to see, and he won’t look beneath the surface.” —Catwoman, Catwoman Vol 1. #1


“It’s the so-called ‘normal’ guys that always let you down. Sickos never scare me. At least they’re committed.” —Selina Kyle, Batman Returns


“I’m crazy enough to take on Batman, but the IRS? Nooo, thank you!” —Joker, The New Batman Adventures


“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” —Joker, The Dark Knight


“Laugh, and the world laughs with you.” —Joker, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth


“The future is a riddle only time can solve.” —The Riddler, Joker’s Asylum II #1


“I hate men. Because of what they do. They clip. They prune. They make us remake ourselves into what they want. A Madonna. A whore. A partner. A foe. And we do it. Because we need.” —Poison Ivy, Solo #6


When your motto is “ …to thine own self be true…”:


“I’m crazy about…Well, hey, I’m just crazy.” —Harley Quinn, Gotham Girls


“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” —Batman, Batman Begins


“I wear a mask. And that mask, it’s not to hide who I am, but to create what I am.” —Batman, Batman Vol. 1 #624


“I’m only laughing on the outside. My smile is just skin deep. If you could see inside I’m really crying. You might join me for a weep.” —Joker, Batman (1989)


“Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos.” —Joker, The Dark Knight


When you love a complicated relationship:

“That’s one trouble with dual identities, Robin. Dual responsibilities.” —Batman, Batman TV Series


“My world is all just shades of grey, Batman. That’s why you’ll never really understand me.” —Catwoman, Catwoman Vol. 2 #1


Don’t talk like one of them. You’re not! Even if you’d like to be. To them, you’re just a freak, like me!” —Joker, The Dark Knight


“Can a man live two lives?” —Two-Face, Batman: The Long Halloween


“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” —Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight


when you know Commissioner Gordon is the real hero:

“A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat on a young boy’s shoulders to let him know the world hasn’t ended.” —Bruce Wayne, The Dark Knight Rises


“Whatever you do, remember that. You’re going to make a difference. A lot of times it won’t be huge, it won’t be visible even. But it will matter just the same. Don’t do it for praise or money, that’s what I want to tell you. Do it because it needs to be done. Do it to make your world better.” —Commissioner Gordon, Gotham Central, Book 1: In the Line of Duty


When you can’t get enough of Bane breaking The Bat:

“I am Bane—and I could kill you…but death would only end your agony—and silence your shame. Instead, I will simply…BREAK YOU!” —Bane, Batman: Knightfall


“Oh yes, I was wondering what would break first, your spirit or your body?” —Bane, The Dark Knight Rises


“Oh, so you think darkness is your ally? But you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then to me it was only blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me.” —Bane, The Dark Knight Rises


If you’re looking to find a little light in the darkness:

“Bees. My God.” —Batman, Amazons Attack! #3


“You only have your thoughts and dreams ahead of you. You are someone. You mean something.” —Batman, Batman: Black and White #1


“Batman does not eat nachos!” —Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold


When you are the hero of your own story:

“People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man I’m flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed, but as a symbol, as a  symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.” —Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins


“Everything I have done, I do for the greater good.” —Ra’s al Ghul, Batman: Death and the Maidens


Obviously, we couldn’t list all the best quotes here, so share your favorite Batman quotes in the comments! AND…if you really love The Dark Knight, then peep these books to scratch that anti-hero itch!